2 dead in Utah skydiving accident

Published on August 11, 2017 at 02:09PM

NEPHI, Utah (AP) — Two skydivers are dead after their tandem parachutes apparently malfunctioned in central Utah.

Police chief Michael Morgan in Nephi, Utah, said Friday the two were on a recreational jump run by the company Sky Dive the Wasatch.

Police say in a statement the instructor and client died of their injuries at a hospital after jumping from the Cessna 182 plane Thursday evening.

They were identified as 35-year-old instructor Serena Whelchel of California and 41-year-old client Wendi Gabaldon of Tooele, Utah. Police are investigating why the parachutes failed to function properly.

The skydiving company didn’t have immediate comment.